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Lines in the Water Ben Orlove

Lines in the Water By Ben Orlove

Lines in the Water by Ben Orlove


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Takes us to the remote indigenous villages on the shore of Lake Titicaca, high in the Peruvian Andes. This title describes the landscapes and rhythms of life in the Andean highlands, considering the intrusions of modern technology and economic demands in the region.

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Lines in the Water: Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca by Ben Orlove

This beautifully written book weaves reflections on anthropological fieldwork together with evocative meditations on a spectacular landscape as it takes us to the remote indigenous villages on the shore of Lake Titicaca, high in the Peruvian Andes. Ben Orlove brings alive the fishermen, reed cutters, boat builders, and families of this isolated region, and describes the role that Lake Titicaca has played in their culture. He describes the landscapes and rhythms of life in the Andean highlands as he considers the intrusions of modern technology and economic demands in the region. Lines in the Water tells a local version of events that are taking place around the world, but with an unusual outcome: people here have found ways to maintain their cultural autonomy and to protect their fragile mountain environment. The Peruvian highlanders have confronted the pressures of modern culture with remarkable vitality. They use improved boats and gear and sell fish to new markets but have fiercely opposed efforts to strip them of their indigenous traditions. They have retained their customary practice of limiting the amount of fishing and have continued to pass cultural knowledge from one generation to the next--practices that have prevented the ecological crises that have followed commercialization of small-scale fisheries around the world. This book--at once a memoir and an ethnography--is a personal and compelling account of a research experience as well as an elegantly written treatise on themes of global importance. Above all, Orlove reminds us that human relations with the environment, though constantly changing, can be sustainable.

Lines in the Water Reviews

Lines in the Water is both an unusually thoughtful book and a major contribution to the discussion on 'sustainable development.'-James Ferguson, author of Anthropological Locations; Ben Orlove knows the cultural communities and landscapes of Lake Titicaca like the back of his hand, but relates them to an entire body of literature about lake-dwellingcultures. His thematic approach to mountains, water, names and other elements of the Titicaca environs makes for rich reading and provocative debate. This book takes the field of political ethno-ecology to heights never before imagined by other practitioners.-Gary Nabhan, author of Cultures of Habitat and Coming Home to Eat; In this illuminating account...Ben Orlove draws on his curiosity and experience to offer the reader a rich sense of places, voices, sights, and even pathways... He provides an insightful ethnography, an imaginative achievement, and a fine read.-Stephen Gudeman, author of The Anthropology of Economy; A brave, accessible, and often lyrical account of Lake Titicaca and its people's successful struggle to manage their own resources. Orlove wears his deep learning lightly: a pleasure to read.-James C. Scott, Yale University

About Ben Orlove

Ben Orlove is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Among his previous books are State, Capital, and Rural Society: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Economy in Mexico and the Andes (1989), which he coedited, and In My Father's Study (1995).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface: Lakes 1. Not Forgetting 2. Mountains 3. Names 4. Work 5. Fish 6. Reeds 7. Paths Notes Acknowledgments Index

Additional information

CIN0520229592VG
9780520229594
0520229592
Lines in the Water: Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca by Ben Orlove
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
20020613
314
N/A
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